The PML-N led coalition on Wednesday warned PTI Chairman Imran Khan against “attacking” Islamabad, and asked the governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to abstain from becoming a “tool” in paving the way for chaos in the country.

A meeting of the heads of parties in the ruling coalition at the Prime Minister’s House, chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, discussed the country’s political and economic situation, including the interior and exterior fronts, a statement issued in this regard said.

The coalition leaders condoled the deaths that occurred in the wake of the devastating floods and offered Fatiha for the departed souls.

The coalition leaders expressed their satisfaction with the relief and rescue work being carried out for the flood victims in the country.

Participants of the meeting appreciated PM Shehbaz’s leadership and also commended the role of the federal and provincial governments in dealing with the devastation caused by floods. They also lauded the efforts of the armed forces in helping the flood-hit people.

About the political situation of the country, the coalition rulers decided that “no one would be allowed to attack Islamabad by crossing the limits of the constitution and law.”

In an apparent reference to the PTI’s long march towards the capital, the meeting labelled Imran as a “traitor, conspirator and rioter” who “instigated state institutions to act against the constitution.

“The one, who is inciting the institutions to act against the constitution, wants to push the country into a serious crisis. Therefore, it is necessary to pull legal reins in on him as it is a constitutional demand,” the statement said.

The meeting also expressed deep concern over the audio leaks and endorsed the cabinet’s decision to launch a probe into the matter of the diplomatic cypher.

The participants urged the Federal investigation Agency (FIA) to urgently complete the probe against the elements involved in serious crimes against the state and national interests.

Newly appointed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar briefed the participants on the country’s economic situation and talks being held with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Dar said due to the disastrous four-year economic policies of the previous government, none of the economic indicators showed positive signs.

“The debt of Rs20,000 billion taken during the previous government’s tenure had pushed the country to the verge of default,” he added.

About the depreciation of the US dollar against the rupee after taking charge, Dar expressed the hope that the value of the greenback would fall below Rs200.

The meeting expressed its satisfaction over the measures taken by Dar and appreciated his performance.

PM Shehbaz and coalition partners also decided to ensure a reduction in electricity prices.


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